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Monday, January 23rd 2012, the new Belgian Prime Minister di Rupo flew to Berlin for a one-hour working lunch with his German counterpart, Chancellor Merkel, to make her personal acquaintance and prepare for the European Council meeting on January 30th. The visit has been extremely short, no more than two hours in the German capital.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After two years of intensive debating in the Council and EP the EU has cleared the path for more comprehensive recycling of the rising volume of electric and electronic waste. By 2020, 85 per cent of the electric and electronic equipment (refrigerators, mobile phones, TVs, radios, computers, vacuum cleaners etc.) sold in the 27 member… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Maritime transport accounts for about three per cent of global C02 emissions, as much as air transport. In the absence of an effective international jurisdiction both transport modes have so far escaped an effective curb of their emissions. This situation will change after a decision taken by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) July 15th 2011.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein